Bosch unveils laser projection module that turns any surface into a touch screen

Turn Any Surface Into an Android Touchscreen!

Bosch has introduced a miniature module BML100PI (or zippier) that can be built into kitchen appliances, home gadgets or furniture, where it projects an interactive display on six surfaces simultaneously, connecting even ordinary wardrobe shelves to the Internet of Things.

It looks like nothing in the houses of the future can escape the prefix «smart». An illustrative example of a device for forming a global IoT network, a German manufacturer and a leading global technology provider demonstrated at CES 2019. The presented device has a size of 47×43 mm, is smaller than a bank card, and consumes only 2 watts of power.

Bosch says the module will be able to create clear projections on any type of surface: dark, colored, wet, stepped and curved. The display becomes interactive thanks to a laser beam that scans the image line by line, detecting when and where it is interrupted by finger movements or other gestures.

However, the device is not intended for end consumers, but for manufacturers who can use it to offer the next generation of smart furniture. According to Bosch, the module can be used to project a touchscreen on a cabinet door to display the weather or daily calendar and recommend what to wear based on that. It can also direct the image to the shelves themselves, allowing the owner order new clothes or dry cleaning using virtual buttons.

Bosch unveils laser projection module that turns any surface into a touch screen

So far, it is impossible to say for sure how useful and popular it will be in the future, but in any case, there will be manufacturers who will come up with a way to attract buyers using the capabilities of the BML100PI. The company plans to bring the module to market in the second quarter of 2020.

Another equally amazing project presented at CES was the Hyundai Elevate concept car, which will be able not only to drive, but also to walk..

text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Bosch

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